Help! Perimenopause symptoms??
Hi everyone-I'm new to this board, and have a lot of questions to ask regarding possible perimenopause.
I'll be 42 in December and it seems like over the last year, I've been suddenly falling apart healthwise. I've listed some symptoms I've been having for a few months now-
Heart palpitations(a few times a week)
Hair dryness and hair loss-lots of it!!
Complete lack of sex drive
Various aches and pains
Crashing fatigue sometimes in the late afternoon where I could fall right asleep(not happening with an active 4 year old!!)
INSOMNIA-this has been terrible and ongoing for a few years now-waking frequently,can't get back to sleep,etc.
Night sweats-recently started with these, about 4 months or so-maybe once or twice a week(no daytime hot flashes at all)
Shorter periods-I'm done completely in 3-4 days from start, with large clots some months(sorry to be graphic here)
Breast tenderness-like I'm pregnant-this happens every other month or so and lasts a day or two
Rapid weight gain-like just from looking at food-although I've always gained weight very easily, it seems to be happening a lot quicker, although I must admit I'm always hungry and eat everything in sight
This about covers everything-and I sure hope this is all related to Perimenopause, and nothing more serious like Cancer. The night sweats and heart palps are scaring me most of all. I made the mistake of researching these, and from what I read, these can be symptoms of some really serious, bad things. I have an appointment for the complete gamut of bloodwork in two weeks, including FSH, glucose, cancer markers, etc. I have also scheduled an appointment with my DH's cardiologist next month to get an Eccho of my heart, to see what's up with the palps, and to make sure my heart murmur(recently diagnosed) is benign. So I'm officially falling apart, ladies!
Anyone else with some of these symptoms that is currently going through Peri? How was your Peri diagnosed? Am I too young to be going through this just yet? I had a CBC done last year and everything was fine then, although I have not had any hormone or thyroid bloodwork done in a few years. Should I worry if all the hormone bloodwork comes back negative? I've been trying to ignore a lot of what's going on with me, chalking it up to middle age, but since the night sweats started, I feel I need to take some action now. Sorry for the really long post!!
Any responses would be greatly appreciated!!